Find Out If After The Event Insurance Is Worth It

By Danielle Graves. Last Updated 19th April 2023. You may be asking the question is After The Event insurance worth it? The answer is that it could be if you want to cover legal costs and expenses associated with pursuing a case.

After The Event (ATE) insurance cover is typically taken out by solicitors on behalf of claimants they represent, although this type of policy can be used by defendants or claimants. With this said, After The Event insurance policies are typically only used by the claimant.

After The Event Insurance And No Win No Fee Claims

If you were injured in an accident through no fault of your own, our guide explains how to seek compensation by making a personal injury claim against a responsible party. We explain what an After The Event insurance policy covers and how and when you should take out this type of cover. The guide provides information on the cost of ATE insurance policies and whether the premium has to be paid upfront.

It is important to note there is a time limit which you must respect when seeking compensation for an injury you sustained through no fault of your own. This time limit is 3 years from the date of your accident or the date that you obtained knowledge that you were suffering from an illness or injury which you believe was the fault of a third party.

As such, you have to make sure you are within the deadline when pursuing a personal injury claim against a responsible party.

To find out more about After The Event insurance, please continue reading our guide by clicking on the sections below.

If you would like to speak to a Legal Helpline adviser about making a No Win No Fee claim if you feel ready to begin, please call us on 0161 696 9685.

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A Guide To After The Event Insurance

Our guide to After The Event insurance policies provides useful information regarding this type of insurance. We explain the origins of ATE policies and how this form of cover allows claimants to take out insurance against the risk of having to pay defendants costs if their case is unsuccessful. The guide also covers whether After The Event insurance is worth taking out and when it could be.

After the event insurance guide

After the event insurance guide

We provide essential reading on what ATE insurance covers, and who would pay the cost of this type of insurance policy. The guide also explains how No Win No Fee claims and After The Event insurance work hand in hand. We also explain how our panel of Legal Helpline solicitors could represent you without asking for an upfront fee which would involve signing a No Win No Fee Agreement with them.

The guide goes on to explain how such agreements work and what this type of legal contract between a No Win No Fee lawyer and a claimant entails.

To discuss a personal injury claim and After The Event insurance with a member of the Legal Helpline team, please contact us today. We provide an initial consultation that is not only free of charge but you would have no obligation to pursue a claim should you not wish to.

What Is After The Event Insurance?

Also known as ATE, an After The Event insurance policy is an agreement between an insurance company and a claimant. This arrangement covers additional costs which No Win No Fee agreements do not. Solicitors who represent their clients would ensure they are aware of the Terms and Conditions of a Conditional Fee Agreement and how taking out ATE may be required as a way of mitigating financial liabilities.

There have been several unscrupulous lawyers who have been forced to cover thousands of pounds in disbursements by the Legal Ombudsman. On top of this, these rogue solicitors were also forced to pay thousands in compensation to the clients they represented.

Typically, After The Event insurance is taken out at the same time as a Conditional Fee Agreement. In many instances, the two go hand-in-hand. You may wonder why it is necessary to take out ATE insurance cover, and the answer is that this type of policy can provide a valuable safety net.

To find out whether After The Event insurance could apply to your own personal injury claim, please speak to a member of the Legal Helpline team today.

What Is After The Event Legal Expenses Insurance?

Before The Event insurance (BTE) is a type of insurance that some home owners and renters have as part of their house insurance policy.  If you have BTE you do not need After The Event insurance (ATE).

Some law firms may ask whether you also want to take out ATE as an insurance policy on your claim. If your claim fails you do not pay the ATE. However, if your claim is successful this will be taken a long with the success fee out of your compensation award.

If you still have questions about insurance for legal expenses or insurance for legal costs, call our team.

How And When Should You Purchase ATE Insurance?

After The Event (ATE) insurance is typically taken out after an accident has occurred which is referred to as “The Event”, but prior to any important disbursements or legal costs being paid out. As such, ATE policies are often purchased when a solicitor takes on a case for a claimant.

This type of insurance policy protects a claimant from any costs at the outset of a case being filed against a defendant. It is worth noting that should ATE insurance be taken out later, it would mean that legal costs and disbursements paid out before the After The Event insurance policy was taken out would not be covered.

Who Pays The Cost For ATE?

Apart from the benefits of taking out After The Event insurance cover, another positive is that you would not be asked to pay for the insurance premium upfront. As such, you would only be liable for the payment when you win your personal injury claim and the amount, also known as the premium, would be deducted from the compensation you are awarded.

Should your case be unsuccessful, and the terms and conditions of the insurance cover are respected, there would also be nothing to pay. It is also worth noting that ATE insurance policies rely on strong claims which are deemed to have at least a 55-60% chance of success.

To speak to a Legal Helpline adviser about whether it is worth taking out ATE insurance, please get in touch today.

How Much Could After The Event Insurance Cost

The cost of taking out After The Event insurance would depend on the complexity of a personal injury claim. As such, a solicitor would determine the level of insurance cover you would need to take out when initially assessing your case. If your claim is deemed less risky, a No Win No Fee solicitor may recommend that ATE insurance cover may not even be required.

Premiums for ATE insurance begin at about £100 but the amount can be higher depending on the risk involved. As such, a premium could be anything from £250 to £400.

It is worth noting, however, that the premium would be deducted from the personal injury compensation you are awarded and therefore, there would be no upfront payment to find when you take out After The Event Insurance cover.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims Calculator

The compensation you could be awarded in a successful personal injury claim might be broken down into two parts, namely general damages for your pain, suffering and the detrimental impact to your life, and special damages, which relate to financial losses caused by the injury.

The table below provides an idea on the level of general damages you could receive which are based on the Judicial College Guidelines. The amounts do not include any special damages you could factor into your personal injury claim against a responsible party.

Injury TypeDetailsGeneral Damages Awarded based on the JCG
Moderately severe brain damageMay suffer a serious disability £219,070 to £282,010
Less severe brain damageMay make a good recovery but suffer loss of some functions£15,320 to £43,060
Very severe foot injuryCould suffer permanent or serious injuries, disability£83,960 to £109,650

Severe foot injuryFracture to both heels or negative impact to existing injuries£41,970 to £70,030
Moderate foot injuryDisplacement fractures to the foot, May leave a deformed foot£13,740 to £24,990

Serious leg injuries(b)
Severe Leg Injuries (i)

£96,250 to £135,920

Moderate leg injuries(iv)

Several fractures or uncomplicated leg fractures
£27,760 to £39,200
Less serious leg injuries

Moderate fractures to a leg
£17,960 to £27,760

If you would like to speak to a member of the Legal Helpline team about the level of personal injury compensation you could receive, please contact an adviser today

What Other Types Of Damages Could I Claim?

You could be awarded special damages to compensate you for losses and out of pocket expenses incurred because of your injuries. The sort of expenses and losses you could include in a personal injury claim are as follows:

  • Loss of income during the time you recover from injuries you sustained
  • Loss of future earnings should you not be in a position to work again
  • Medical expenses which are not covered by the NHS which includes private treatment, rehabilitation, therapy, and prescription costs
  • Travel costs which include the cost of getting to a medical facility for treatment and parking fees
  • Care costs if you need help around the home during your recovery
  • Any other expenditure and losses incurred due to the injury you suffered

For more information regarding special damages and what you could claim in a successful personal injury claim, please speak to a member of the Legal Helpline team.

After the Event Insurance And No Win No Fee Legal Help

Now that we have explained after the event insurance and how it works, you may like to know more about Conditional Fee Agreement  (CFAs). A CFA is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement.

A No Win No Fee solicitor typically won’t charge you upfront for their services. They usually don’t ask you to pay ongoing fees either. If they are successful, they take a success fee from your compensation. The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 caps how much they can take.

In addition to this, if they asked you to take out an after the event policy, they may take this fee out of your award. However, if you already had before the event insurance, you may not have been asked to take out an additional policy.

If your solicitor is not successful, they usually won’t charge for their services. This is typically covered by your insurance policy.

If you have any questions about making a claim, you can get in touch with our advisors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The advice they give is free. In addition to this, they can assess the eligibility of your claim. If it seems like it might succeed you could be put in touch with one of the solicitors on our panel. Our solicitors typically offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis.

You can speak to an advisor in the following ways:

After The Event Insurance FAQs

Why do I need after the event insurance?

After the event insurance (ATE) can prove useful because it can cover any costs that can arise during the claim, such as costs for medical reports. With ATE, you will be able to recover costs such as these even if the claim fails.

Will I need after the event insurance if I use a No Win No Fee solicitor?

If your solicitor is representing you on a No Win No Fee basis, they may advise you to take out after the event insurance. This is a step to protect you from any unlikely costs you may need to pay in case your claim is not successful. In a No Win No Fee agreement you do not have to pay upfront for the cost of the insurance. If your claim succeeds, the after the event insurance cost is taken out of your compensation.

ATE insurance premium calculator

Some solicitors may use an after the event premium calculator to estimate how much it could cost you. However, this may not be entirely accurate.

Oftentimes, it is your solicitor that offers an after the event insurance policy. Speak with your solicitor and they will present you with all your available options.

Stand Alone Legal Expenses Insurance

If you get stand alone legal expenses insurance, this means it will not be connected to your car or home insurance. This is usually after the event insurance, which aims to cover legal expenses incurred during the process of making a claim once you have already decided to make a claim.

Your solicitor may encourage you to pay for legal expense insurance, as it could help reduce the financial risk of hiring legal help, though it is not required.

Quick And Useful Links

Thank you for reading our guide which sought to answer the question: is After The Event insurance worth it? We hope you’ve found it useful. Below, we’ve included some more links you may find interesting.

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The link below takes you to a guide that provides information on time limits linked to personal injury claims:

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The link provided below takes you to a guide that provides information on how No Win No Fee claims work:

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If you suffered an injury and would like more information on ATE insurance, please click on the link below:

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For more information on Fixed Costs and Disbursements, please follow the link below:

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Guide by HD

Edited by REG